What is Life Coaching?

In the last few years Life Coaching has become more and more popular but as it is a new profession most people don’t know enough about it to decide whether it is right for them. We hope this article will clarify what coaching is so you can make an educated decision for yourself.

We have all heard of sports coaches. In the old days they were the sports “trainers” but today all high performance sport stars have a mind coach; a person who strengthens their belief in themselves and in their ability to win. Even though Life coaching is not primarily about winning or losing, it is about “winning” the life you choose to live.

Life coaching has become so popular because many of us are tired of doing what we thing we “should” do. We have become aware that we have a choice to do what we want to do!

Be aware that coaching is not a therapy. In therapy the goal is to give you an understanding of your past in order for you to have the awareness of how you became who you are today. Coaching is movement oriented and action based. Where therapy looks back, life coaching looks forward – towards your future and a “better”, more fulfilled YOU.

Your Coach will assist you to identify specific goals and objectives and will help you to stay focused so you can reach those goals faster. A good coach will provide you with the tools, structure and perspective to make the journey easier for you and she/he will make you accountable.

Did you know that people who are accountable are 7 to 10 times more successful than others?

Coaching works in all aspects of your life from relationships, to lifestyle, to career, health and wealth improvements. It focuses on strengthening your skills and improving and trusting your abilities. It helps you to meet and exceed your potential in order to be your best.

Coaching is similar to consulting. Yet, where consulting frequently provides only temporary solutions, coaching is consistent and on going. The Coach stays with the clients to help implement new habits, skills, and changes. Another distinction is that consultants usually give advice and tell people what to do while coaches focus on assisting their clients to discover the solutions themselves. Or in other words, we don’t give you the fish; we teach you how to fish.

We focus on what you want to achieve and help you maintain your commitment to yourself and your dreams and visions. We look at where you are now in relation to where you want to be. Are your ideas and goals based on your true core values? What are your strength and weaknesses and how can we use this knowledge to your advantage?

Our society is looking for a deeper meaning as we begin to understand that we  grow from the inside out. More and more people are freeing their time and resources to invest in themselves because they realize how simple it can be to accomplish something big if you “get a little help from a friend”.

So why not use a trusted friend? As wonderful as it is to have good friends, they are emotionally involved and do not have the objectivity and distance necessary to see where you stand and what type of assistance you need. Have your friends or family ever been shocked because you made a move in a new direction? Have they ever told you that something can’t be done or is not done the way you want to do it? Quite frequently our well meaning friends and family are the “dream stealers” not the supporters we need. Because of the emotional distance a coach is a trusted professional who works with you on improving the most important aspects of your life.

Why would you want a Coach?
You might want a coach because…

  1. you want to grow
  2. you want to be more productive
  3. you want to become more balanced
  4. you want to find new and more efficient ways to do things
  5. you want to make a mark
  6. you want to define and live a life of purpose
  7. you want new perspectives
  8. you want to change certain aspects of your life
  9. you want to reach new goals
  10. YOU WANT MORE!

How long do you have to commit to your coach?

It is not so much a commitment to your coach as a commitment to yourself. Give yourself time; 3-6 months at least. What has taken you a lifetime to become cannot be changed in a day. However sometimes even one single session can make a life changing difference.

If you need help on a specific short term project, you should consider one-on-one coaching to help you accomplish this specific goal faster.  If you need motivation and a step by step process to move you out of feeling stuck and unfulfilled, do group coaching.

Why does life coaching work?

  1. The synergy created between you and your coach creates momentum.
  2. Better and clearly defined goals support you to move towards your “dream life” faster and with less effort.
  3. You develop new skills and habits which translate into higher success and a more balanced life.

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TO YOUR SUCCESS
Barbara Hofmeister
Author and Master Coach
www.thetobebook.com/coaching

Do you want more Success?

Everyone has at least One but many (if not most) never go for their dream. They are not really committed to achieving their dream and have given up.

Some will start on the path to achieving their dream, but get discouraged by the lack of support from their  friends, family, teammates, colleagues etc. because they tell them, their dream is crazy, impossible to reach, or just not for them. Consequently they abandon their dreams and settle for mediocrity

Others actually begin the journey only to have distractions get in their way…. and they too give up.

All these people are willing to settle for “good enough,” however good enough never is. There will always be that nagging doubt in your mind asking you “What if…?” There has to be more to this life than just good enough!

And then there are the dreamers

who are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

Having dreams is important:

  • Without them you will not strive to get anywhere!
  • They provide you with the passion you need to reach your goals
  • They give you hope and direction
  • They help you be disciplined

Discipline is important if we want to achieve more in life. Discipline means doing the right things at the right time and for the right reasons. Sounds easy but we all know it isn’t always that easy. What is easy, is to get distracted and lose precious time and focus. That is why we need to be accountable – for our action and our in-actions. One of the most powerful success concepts is the Mastermind Principle which the famous author Napoleon Hill in the all time classic “Think and Grow Rich” dedicated a whole chapter too. For good reason.

Let me just recap the essentials:

The “Master Mind” may be defined as “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose. No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” – Napoleon Hill

It has been scientifically proven that by joining or creating a Mastermind group you are 8 times more likely to succeed!

8 times more!!!

Why? Because you will be accountable to your mastermind partners and of course, to yourself.  By helping and supporting each other, each member achieves more! It’s an amazing concept and proven to work. There are thousands of examples in history and around today’s Top Achievers. Nobody achieves extreme success by her or himself.

Who belongs to your Mastermind group?

Who are you accountable to?

Who supports you?

Join me and other like minded individuals on our journey to truly live our dreams!

Remember what Nike says: “Just do it!” And do it NOW.

Be blessed

Barbara